INFER Workshops

The economic history of the provision and financing of higher education and its reflection in the history of economic thought

From: 2007-07-27 to: 2007-07-28
Place: Darmstadt, Germany

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Workshop Objectives

This INFER workshop provides an opportunity for all those interested in Economic Theory, Economic History and the History of Economic Thought to exchange ideas. Researchers, especially young researchers, are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers broadly consistent with the following topic: The economic history of the provision and financing of higher education and its reflection in the history of economic thought. Researchers are also encouraged to organize their own sessions. Keynote speakers will be invited to speak on this year’s topic.


The workshop is open to anybody involved in Economic Theory, Economic History and the History of Economic Thought, including both young and experienced researchers, post-doctoral students, and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions.

Submission of Papers

Deadline for submission of papers was May 25, 2007.

All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than June 4, 2007.

Paper presenters are expected to discuss one other paper during the workshop. The discussant assignments will be made by the workshop organizers at a later date.

Publication of Papers

A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be published in one or more INFER volumes in due course after the workshop. For details of possible publication outlets see publications.


For the preliminary workshop programme (schedule and parallel sessions) see attached files below.

Friday, 27th July, 2007

17:00 - 18: 00


Coffee Break

18:00 - 18:15

Welcoming by the hosting institution and team

Keynote Speech

18:15 - 19:00

Prof Dr Hans Seidler, Chancellor, Darmstadt University of Technology
Life Within an Autonomous (German) University

Session 1

19:00 - 19:45

Elise S. Brezis, Bar-Ilan University, François Crouzet, University of Paris IV, Sorbonne
The Role of Higher Education in the Training and Recruitment of Elites: An Historical Perspective


Social Event, Dinner

Saturday, 28th July, 2007

Session 2

9:00 - 10:30

Pedro Nuno Teixeira, University of Porto
The Pendulum sways?
Economics’ Canon and the Role of Markets in Higher Education

Ingo Barens, Darmstadt University of Technology
The History of the Provision and Financing of Higher Education: The German Case

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Session 3

11:00 - 12:30

Denis Melnik, Saint Petersburg University
Evolution of the Russian System of Higher Education and the Government Economic Policy

Stefano Spalletti, Università degli Studi di Macerata
The Economics of Education in Italy (1960-1975).
An Outlook of Economic Planning

12:30 - 14:30


Session 4

14:30 - 16:45

Sarah Borgloh, ZEW Mannheim, Frank Kupferschmidt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Berthold U. Wigger, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and CESifo Munich
The Distributional Effects of Public Higher Education Subsidies in Germany: a Long-Run Analysis based on the Socioeconomic Panel

Christoph Müller, Zentrum für Information und Beratung der Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Teaching Students vs. Baking Rolls: What will happen if a factor of
production pays (instead of being paid for)?

Michael Pickhardt, Chemnitz University of Technology
The University as an Set of Interacting Clubs: A Note on Optimal Allocation within Universities


Social Event, Dinner

Registration Fee

The registration fee for speakers and other participants will be:

Please note: the annual membership fee for private INFER members is 25 EUR only (institutional INFER members 200 EUR). You are invited to become a member!


If you want to attend this INFER Workshop, please print the registration form and send or fax the completed copy to INFER. Please do not forget your signature.


The workshop will be held at the Faculty of Economics of Darmstadt Technical University. Darmstadt is a lively university city close to Frankfurt am Main, easily accessible by plane, train or motorway. More information about the University and the City of Darmstadt can be found here:


The nearest airports are: Frankfurt International Airport and Frankfurt/Hahn (Ryanair only). If you arrive at Frankfurt International Airport take the Airliner bus shuttle
(approx. 7 Euros) to Darmstadt Railway Station ( and from there take a taxi to the workshop venue
or your hotel. If you arrive at Frankfurt/Hahn take the Ryanair bus (approx. 12 Euros) to Frankfurt Central Railway Station (
and from there take a train to Darmstadt Railway Station ( and then take a taxi to the workshop venue or your hotel.


The only hotel within walking distance to the workshop venue is the "Ernst Ludwig" (

Alternatives are the IBIS hotel ( or two MARITIM Hotels
( or

Further Information

Updated information concerning registration details, downloadable registration forms, travel and accommodation facilities, etc. will be provided in due course on this page.

Questions may be directed to the workshop organizer:

Prof. Dr. Ingo Barens (Darmstadt Technical University), at




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